Remote chicken stroking

Do you worry about your pet chicken getting lonely when you’re away? Well researchers at the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore certainly do – and they’re tackling the problem with tactile computing.

Hooked up the web, the Poultry Internet enables office workers give their pet chickens that reassuring hug, while they are in the office. Simply place the data jacket over your feathered friend, then caress the chicken-shaped orb on your office desk to transmit that personal touch. And when your chicken moves, the orb moves too, allowing you to keep in touch with her actions. A very impressive example of tactile computing in action – one which opens up endless opportunities for new lines in happy meat.

Photos from the project website

Your pet chicken stays at home, wearing a data suit

Your pet chicken stays at home, wearing a data suit

Caress your chicken remotely using this device on your office desk

Caress your chicken remotely using this device on your office desk